Is Nest Labs going after Sonos?
Smart thermostat maker Nest appears to be hiring staff to help it compete with Sonos in the media streaming market
Smart thermostat maker Nest appears to be hiring staff to help it compete with Sonos in the media streaming market.
Nest was created by former Apple engineers to develop smart thermostats and smoke detectors which can communicate with smartphones over Wi-Fi and form the basis for an intelligent home.
Users can command their heating to come on with the press of a button on the way home from work, or be woken up by an alarm on their phone should the kitchen smoke alarm detect dangerously raising temperatures.
It was these products which attracted a buy-out from Google in 2013, for a reported $3.2 billion.
Now the company appears to be readying an expansion into other areas of the home, and is hiring an engineer to “lead the development of Nest Audio across hardware and software”.
An advert posted on its website explains that the successful candidate would “Build a world class audio team through hiring and mentoring”.
The role would also include “Develop an audio roadmap for Nest products, including HW and SW, that can support delightful user experiences and innovative features”.